of people walk the streets, sidewalks and alleys of Los Angeles on a
daily basis. Hurriedly, they race to work, to the bus stop, to gather,
to shop...what they miss along the way is a world of astounding beauty,
complexity and dimension, caught by the eye and lens of Patrice Elmi.
Patrice transforms the ordinary world around us into an extraordinary
journey of color, shape, composition and texture...a visual journey
through urban streets seeing things for the first time.
Using only pure, glowing color from either early morning or late afternoon
sunlight, she creates images that marry art and photography into a unique
and vibrant form. Views From a Cell shrinks the visual world
down dramatically, capturing images within images that are alive with
color. One could not imagine images taken with a cell phone could be
so breathtaking but in the hands of Patrice Elmi, the camera phone becomes
an extension of her unique vision. Her images are alive with color,
flowing with shapes and stalked by shadows. Patrice's eye allows the
viewer to "stop and smell the roses" in a world which is in
too much of a hurry to notice the astonishing potential to be found
in the everyday universe in which they exist.
The photographs are digital C-prints which are fused/mounted on aluminum
sheets and coated with an archival laminate. The metal on which these
photographs are fused actually integrates and becomes part of the piece
Patrice Elmi trained at both NYC's School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute.
Graphic designers internationally have used her images in various media
and her work can be found in private collections. This is her first
is an exhibition space dedicated to fine art photography, cutting edge
and alternative photographic processes, and the display and survey of
popular cultural images. Regular gallery hours are Tues-Saturday 11am-5pm.
All gallery events are free and open to the public